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Since the age of ten I realized that I wanted to dedicate my life to some sort of creative work. Unlike the rest of my clan I was ill-suited to work in the “trades.” I have the mechanical skills of a turtle and even less aptitude for that kind of problem solving.
My first creative ambition was inspired by the writing of Edgar Alan Poe. So, at the age of twelve, I took to writing macabre gothic poetry. But finding a word to rhyme with “tomb” proved to be work beyond the grasp of a pre-adolescent and a little disturbing to my family and teachers as well.
Since I already played guitar (I began lessons at age ten) I naturally turned to music and more specifically song writing. At this point, I have (according to the BMI catalog) written and recorded about 230 songs. I’m pretty certain this number will continue to expand because I still enjoy this pursuit and find that it is by far the best justification of my existence or, as the French say, it is my raison d’être.
I am at long last very comfortable with who I am and the life I have chosen. Each day I endeavor to do my best. As my wife often reminds me “all you can do is all you can do.”
I am pleased to announce the release of a new CD, Simplicity. Simplicity is an eclectic collection of musical ideas, with a new piece written and recorded very week or two over a six month period in the first half of 2013. I did not record the pieces that make up Simplicity with the intent of making a new album, and didn’t impose any criteria on this burst of creativity. But at the end of six months, there is was, a cozy patchwork quilt of musical interests that became this latest release, Simplicity.
I’ve released a new track — Gotham — in homage to pianist extraordinaire and native New Yorker William Kapell (1922-1953).
Hope you enjoy it.
During the spring and summer of 2012, Last Summer enjoyed radio play on over 100 stations coast to coast, on Radio Adelaide in Adelaide, Australia, Jazz & Blues Tour Radio in the Netherlands, online at Radioio and JazzRadio.com, and on a handful of stations in Canada.